DCNR Unveils Initial Plans for Susquehanna Riverlands State Park Restoration, Invites Public Feedback

Susquehanna Riverlands State ParkImage via DCNR

YORK, PA — Residents of York County, your opinion counts in shaping the future of Susquehanna Riverlands State Park. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has announced a public information meeting where preliminary design ideas for the park’s ecological restoration and site improvements will be unveiled.

The meeting, scheduled for 6:00 P.M., Thursday, February 29, at the Eastern York High School Auditorium, aims to provide attendees with an overview of the master planning process. But it’s more than just a presentation; DCNR is inviting community members to actively engage in smaller group discussions following the overview. These sessions offer a unique opportunity for residents to express their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions on the draft concepts.

This call for public feedback aims to involve local communities in decision-making processes that directly impact their recreational spaces. It reflects the understanding that parks like Susquehanna Riverlands State Park are more than just land and water—they’re hubs for community activity, sources of local pride, and crucial habitats for native flora and fauna.

The upcoming public information meeting builds on previous efforts by DCNR to understand community needs and expectations for the park. Prior engagement activities included meetings with resource and cultural stakeholders and a public survey aimed at capturing insights on land conservation, stewardship efforts, and recreational opportunities within the park.

The implications of this planning process are significant for York County. A well-executed restoration and improvement plan could enhance the park’s ecological health, boost recreational amenities, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the region. It could also serve as a model for how public input can shape the stewardship of natural resources, reinforcing the notion that preserving nature is a shared responsibility.

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For further information or inquiries about the meeting, interested parties are encouraged to reach out to Susquehanna Riverlands State Park at 717-252-1134. This is a chance for York County residents to have their say in shaping the future of one of their most beloved natural spaces.

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